The Department of Homeland Security has announced that TPS protections would end for more than 250,000 Salvadorans in September 2019. But the fact that TPS has been issued to some people for almost 20 years means many TPS beneficiaries have "already assimilated" and therefore they should be able to stay.
Salvadorans were originally granted protected status in 2001, following a major natural disaster in El Salvador. Congress should pass the DREAM Act as a stand-alone bill. When they are granted asylum in the United States, there are opportunities for long-term resettlement and even permanent residency.
Until now, most of the lawmakers pushing for letting TPS beneficiaries stay represent large urban areas like Miami and New York City, and many of them are Democrats outside Miami.
If deported, many would be subject to extortion and violence, and their USA citizen children could easily be recruited by gangs in their new countries. Furthermore, these are people who have been in the United States for more than 20 years on average, and have established homes, families, and, in some cases, businesses; it's cruel to send them back after allowing them to build lives here for so long. Meanwhile, the country has become engulfed in violent street warfare fueled largely by the mass deportations of gang members from the U.S. Soaring homicide rates have scared off investors - imperiling an already fragile economy - and have turned El Salvador into one of the most risky nations on Earth.
"In El Salvador, we're talking about a couple hundred thousand people in the United States under Temporary Protected Status".
The Trump administration's latest battle against immigrants and their advocates brought the ire of politicians and union leaders such as 32BJ SEIU President Hector Figueroa.
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Discussions over TPS have since become part of the bipartisan negotiations for an immigration deal that would stop the deportation of young immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children and enhance border security. He also wondered why there weren't more immigrants from Norway coming into the US.
But the Secretary of Homeland Security said the disaster-related conditions that warranted the TPS designation no longer exist.
For 17 years, returning to El Salvador has been unrealistic for many TPS holders.
The Painters said the attacks on both groups are "an attack on labor as well as an attack on the economy".
Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida, a Republican who has been on the same side as Democrats on DACA, TPS and other immigration issues, said he was disappointed by the DHS decision. It would also worsen "an already stressed skilled worker pool" in the building trades. Since he came to America, he has been working hard in construction to help his family.
Many of them have reasonable grounds for claiming refugee status in Canada, said Toronto refugee lawyer Raoul Boulakia. They say Trump is pursuing a heartless immigration agenda that threatens to split so-called Dreamers enrolled in DACA, Salvadorans in TPS and thousands of others people with provisional status who call the USA their home. "El Salvador demands respect to the dignity of its noble and fearless people, in the frame of the principles guiding the relations between the states and in the context of the current historical links between both nations, which we will keep on working for strengthening", said the Foreign Office in a bulletin. That's a long time to just put life on hold, so a lot of them haven't.